This month’s book club was The Luckiest Girl Alive. Not surprising this was my pick. I’m not going to lie this book was a little disappointing. What originally made me want to read this book was an article I read in the Lenny letter. Jessica Knoll’s piece was so powerful and well written, and I knew that i wanted to read this book. I felt like the book was slightly disappointing. There was a lot of incredibly heavy topics. Somethings that define our generation. I thought there were so many heavy things that happened it almost felt like it was a little sensational for the sake of being sensational. The things that I think it did do well, was portraying a panic attack and PTSD. Also I thought she did a good job showing a survivors story, I think sometimes the narrative in society is that there is one way to be a survivor. I especially think that society wants us to believe that there is a “right” way to be a survivor. I think the author did a good job of giving us another portrayal of what a survivor can look like. The book is a work of fiction, but is semi-autobiographical.
This book is definitely a page turner, but it just didn’t grip me the way I thought it would. The other ladies agreed, that the book was a quick read, but something just didn’t land quite right. It might be a good beach read if you like dark subject matter and books like Gone Girl. Ultimately we felt the book fell a little flat, and I didn’t think it lived up to what I thought. I would definitely read another book by this author, she is a very talented writer.
Rachel at By the Pounds hosted and created a wonderful spread for us. For most of the book the main character is on a diet. Rachel created a diet friendly meal that was delicious! We had chicken, farro salad with mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes, rosemary shortbread (that was so delicious), and Rose from Sofia Coppola. Stay tuned for Rachel’s recipe for the rosemary shortbread!
Our next book is Everything I Never Told You by Celeste NG. This will also be our last book club with one of the founding members. She is movie to California, and I’m incredibly sad about it. It’s sure to be a bittersweet month.